Some Favorite Route 66 Photochrome Postcards

Rattlesnake Trading Post
This Tomahawk Trading Post was west of Albuquerque near the crest of "Nine Mile Hill". (Nine Mile Hill was so-named as it was nine miles from the center of Albuquerque.) Like the more famous Twin Arrows Trading Post, Tomahawk owner J. T. Turner used telephone poles and plywood "feathers" to create the huge painted arrows stuck into the ground. Indian dancers appear in the front with a tethered burro. A teepee and "free show" of rattlesnakes was also provided to attract traveling families to the enterprise where they would stop and presumably be encouraged to spend money on souvenirs.

Grants Motel
The Grants Motel in Grants, New Mexico, is a postcard of a simple early stucco Southwestern motel. The Grants Court was listed in Jack Rittenhouse's "A Guidebook to Highway 66" from 1946 but you know that this motel is old since it has enclosed garages between paired rooms. Red awnings, which look to be rigid and a permanent part of the structure, shade each door and window. What caught my eye was the oversized Grants Motel signboard. It was one of the more notable signs of many that existed in Grants but unfortunately both this motel and sign succumbed to the wrecking ball.

Rattlesnake Trading Post
The Rattlesnake Trading Post known for its "Reptile Gardens" near Bluewater, New Mexico, was owned by Jake Atkinson from 1945 to 1951. Jake Atkinson was one of three Atkinson brothers who left their mark on Route 66 commerce in the region of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. Look at all the detailed reptile paintings on the building! Gulf gasoline was the brand sold then. I only I wish there were more cars present other than the post-War streamlined car on the right. (Petley 7942)

Rivoli Cafe
The Rivoli Café was one of many cafés in Gallup, New Mexico. The exterior view is nice in that it shows a number of late 1950s automobiles parked out in front under the stylish sign with arrow but the interior view was the one that caught my eye. Unfortunately, no customers are inside but the waitress in a starched white uniform is ready to serve you. Her uniform reminds me of the standard attire of waitresses in informal cafés everywhere during that time in America. (Phoenix Specialty C-12645)